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Math Diagnostic Test

About the Math Diagnostic Test

Instructions to take Online Diagnostic Test

Students must pass the Math Diagnostic Test in order to enroll into Math 1, Math 3A or Math 31A.

Students who are waiting for AP test scores or transfer credit to show on their student records should take this test. Students who have received AP test scores/credit for any of these classes but wish to go backwards by taking these courses are still required to take the test. 

Taking the diagnostic test does not award additional credit or take away credit that is already awarded by Admissions. Students who take a course that they have already received credit for will receive a permanent transcript notation stating that no credit is given.

Test Format

  • Length: Continuous 120 minutes (2 hours), 60 questions. 
  • Scoring: One (1) point for each correct answer; Zero (0) points for incorrect or unanswered questions. 
  • Simple calculators are optional. 
  • The following are NOT allowed: 
    • Scientific calculators and more sophisticated devices
    • Books, notes, and/or supplemental materials
    • Outside help - students should not be looking on the internet for answers or contacting other people for help during the test.

Test Results

  • Students who score 35 or higher will be able to enroll into Math 3A or Math 31A when their enrollment period is active. 
  • Students who score between 15 to 34 will be placed into Math 1.  
  • Scores will be viewable after completing the exam, but scores will only be uploaded into student records during the corresponding time frame listed on the Mathematics Department's website . Students will not be able to enroll into courses until the scores are uploaded to their records. 

Retaking the Test

  • Students are allowed two (2) attempts to the diagnostic exam. The second attempt of the test must be at least 7 (seven) days after the first attempt. 
  • The most recent score replaces earlier MDT scores, even if the most recent score is lower than the previous score.
  • The score of a second attempt will be voided if an attempt to retake the exam is made in less than seven days. A third attempt will be prohibited. In this scenario, only the first attempt will count.
  • Since this is a diagnostic test, it is in the student's best interest not to cheat or guess. You do not want to be placed in a class that is too advanced and risk getting a bad grade.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

By participating in this test, the student agrees to comply with all UCLA policies and procedures on academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to read and understand all aspects of the True Bruin Code of Conduct.

If UCLA and/or the UCLA Mathematics Department determine that a student has acted dishonestly, appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken, up to and including being banned from math courses. At UCLA, the standard disciplinary process will be followed in accordance with applicable campus policies and procedures.

By proceeding with this test, the participant acknowledges that they have read the Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please contact the Student Services Office of the Mathematics Department at (310) 206-1286 or ugrad[at]math[dot]ucla[dot]edu.

Please check back regularly for updates.

Students who are interested in enrolling into a math course at New Student Orientation MUST take the Math Diagnostic Exam before June 30, 2017.

Students who take the exam after June 30, 2017 will not be able to enroll into a math course at New Student Orientation. 


Instructions to take Online Diagnostic Test